We all have some favorite herbs we use in almost every dish we prepare. How cool would it be if you could grow these herbs in your home all year long? And if you can do this in a jar of water? It sounds unbelievable right? Well you better believe it because it’s super easy to do it!
And herbs grown in water are just as delicious as the ones you usually grow in the garden, they’re just much easier to keep. You’ll eliminate the mess you make gardening and you won’t have to worry about your plants going dry or wilting in the winter.
Almost any herb can be grown in water but the ones you grow from cuttings are much easier to grow initially. Dill, cilantro, mustard and other seed-grown annuals can be tricky because they need to be sowed in soil first and then transferred into water. If you’re a beginner, you may find this transfer challenging so it’s better to start with some easier herbs first.
In order to start growing herbs in water you’ll need a few essentials first.
The water for the herbs is important which is why you need to choose it wisely. Water straight from the tap may not be the best fit as it’s chlorinated and it may have a negative effect on the plant. Fill a container with tap water and leave it overnight for the chlorine to evaporate and then you can use it. Rainwater is good, but the best is well or spring water, if you have access to it. This type of water is enriched with certain minerals which can be beneficial for the plants.
For containers, you can use a glass bottle, a jar or even a plastic container. Roots don’t like too much light, so stained, colored bottles would be perfect for this. You can even use a piece of paper and wrap it around the container where the roots of the plant are to keep it in the dark. It’s best to use a container with a narrow mouth as it will provide support for the cuttings and keep them upright. Just be careful not to put them in a too narrow-mouthed container as the roots need to breathe.
The best herbs for water growing are from soft cuttings. Pick out the herbs you want to grow from your garden and snip off a few six inch pieces and place them in your prepared water containers. If you don’t have any herbs in your garden you can use the store-bought ones. Rinse them with water and cut off the bottom part. Trim the lower leaves and make sure there aren’t any leaves in the water as they may rot and pollute the water, ruining your herb.
Be patient with woody cuttings such as rosemary as they usually need more time to root. The water should be changed once a week just make sure you don’t disturb the cuttings. The roots should start growing in about 3-6 weeks and after they do, you don’t need to change the water as frequent.
Woody cuttings like rosemary may take longer to root, so be patient. Change the water once a week without disturbing the cuttings. Once the roots start growing, usually between 2-6 weeks, water changes may not be necessary.
10 Best Herbs for Your Indoor Water Garden
Peppermint is probably the most popular herb from the mint family as it’s the richest in menthol. Peppermint is known for its ability to give out a cooling feeling when applied on the tongue or skin. It’s one of the easier to grow in water.
Spearmint is a similar to peppermint and has similar properties.
Oregano is one of the most widely used herbs in today’s cuisine. Its distinctive flavor makes any dish more delicious so it’s no wonder we use it so often. The trick with growing oregano in water is to pinch the growing tips once you notice the plant is growing well.
Basil is a great herb for growing indoors. It will thrive in the warmth of your kitchen and a water container, given it’s placed in a sunny spot. The best thing about it is that when you keep it in water indoors, you’ll have fresh basil all year long.
For sage it’s best to take the cuttings from the plant in springtime. Place it in water and keep it in a sunny, aerated spot. You don’t need too much sage because the herb has a strong flavor and you’ll only use small amounts of it in your cooking.
Stevia is the healthy type of sugar which we can freely use to sweeten our tea of coffee. The plant needs plenty of light and warmth to keep it growing.
Lemon balm is my favorite plant, especially in winter time as lemon balm leaf tea is simply amazing. You should take the cuttings in fall or spring and be patient as the plant will need about 4 weeks to start rooting. Change its water regularly and if the weather out is still warm you can take the plant out during the day to absorb the sun.
Tarragon’s cuttings will grow faster if you take them in the spring. You may take them in the fall as well, but they’ll take longer to root. It needs plenty of light and warmth.
Thyme is known for its medicinal properties, which is why it’s handy to have it around the kitchen at all times. Take the cuttings in mid spring and make sure they’re green, from new growths. Put them in water as soon as you cut them off the plant to prevent drying.
And lastly we have to mention rosemary. Since the herb is woody it may need a bit more time to grow roots but it will be worth your wait.